English, diminutive of Melvin
"council protector"

Mel Origin and Meaning

The name Mel is a boy's name of English origin meaning "council protector".

Though most Mels are playing pinochle with Murray and Morris, there was a notable Saint Mel. He is one of the earliest Irish saints, a nephew of St. Patrick. He became a priest, then built a great monastery where he served as abbot.

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Famous People Named Mel

  • Mel ColmCille Gerard Gibson, actor
  • Mel TormeSinger & Actor
  • Milton "Mel" StewartAmerican actor & director

Mel in Pop Culture

  • Mel Kirbycharacter from TV series "American Gothic"
  • Nickname for Melvin
  • Portuguese word for honey
  • Mel HorowitzLawyer Father in the 1995 teen movie "Clueless" and the TV series "Clueless" based on the Movie